2000 Annual Report

Governor Davis and Members of the California Legislature

As one of my first duties as Governor Davis’ newly-appointed chair of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission it is with great pleasure that I submit BCDC’s 2000 Annual Report describing our work under the McAteer-Petris Act, the Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, and the California Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act.

The new millennium has brought with it many changes and accomplishments for BCDC. In 2000, we celebrated the 35th anniversary of the passage of the McAteer-Petris Act, which estab-lished the Commission in 1965, as the nation’s first state coastal management agency. In July, BCDC and Caltrans District 4 jointly received an Excellence in Transportation Award for the Emeryville Crescent Shoreline Mitigation Project, a significant wetland restoration project. In March, the University of California honored Dwight Steele, chairman of BCDC’s Citizen’s Action Committee, as the first recipient of the Peter E. Haas Public Service Award in recognition of his work in building a coalition to protect the Bay and establish BCDC.

The Commission’s continued dedication to protecting and enhancing San Francisco Bay, while promoting suitable development is evident in our record in 2000. Last year we approved 21 major projects, denied no applications, and administratively approved 85 permits and consistency determi¬nations, which authorized a variety of activities in the Bay and along its shoreline. We authorized approximately $4.6 billion worth of construction, and our permits resulted in a net increase of 112.4 acres of Bay surface. Public access was increased by 40 acres along 1.9 miles of shoreline.
We are particularly proud that in 2000, after a decade of hard work, we joined two state agencies and two federal agencies in approving the Long Term Management Strategy for dredging and dis¬posal of dredged material. This effort has received national recognition for engaging a wide range of stakeholders in formulating public policy that will accommodate the dredging needed to maintain the Bay Area’s maritime economy and promote the reuse of dredged material to restore wetlands in the region. BCDC also joined in a partnership with other regional agencies and the Bay Area Alli¬ance for Sustainable Development to develop a smart growth strategy for the fast growing Bay region.

In this new millennium, BCDC is committed to continuing its efforts to make San Francisco Bay a healthy, productive ecosystem. We look forward to the challenges ahead and will continue to work to sustain the Bay for future generations.
Sincerely,

BARBARA KAUFMAN
Chair

Dedication

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission dedicates its 2000 annual report to David Brower, one of the champions of the Save the Bay movement in the 1960s. Brower, who pioneered the environmental movement in California and the world, passed away on November 6, 2000 at the age of 88 in Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Background 1
Advisory Boards and Committee 2
Strategic Plan 2
Regulatory Activities 4
Enforcement 9
Permit Summary 10
Planning 12
Litigation and Legal Support 18
Legislative Affairs 20
Work Program and Budget 20
Commission Members 23
Staff Roster 24